Posts Tagged ‘african’

MLK Day FREE at MoAD in SoMA – San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora – January 20, 2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

All the deets:

“MLK Day Celebrations at Museum of the African Diaspora Jan. 20

Free Admission for All to Day of Art, Exhibits, Performances & Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Celebrate the dream that unites us as one at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moadsf.org) on Monday, January 20. This is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a national day of observance. To honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life and bring people together, MoAD is offering free admission to the museum and all of its exhibits, performances and programs for the entire day.

“This year, I am remembering the struggle to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal day of remembrance. I especially remember signing the mighty petition for Congress to pass the law,” said Linda Harrison, Executive Director of MoAD. MLK Day was first observed in 1986.

Normally, MoAD is closed on Monday and Tuesday. But this special Monday, the museum has put together a program that includes film, photography, poetry and musical performances that celebrate the lasting greatness of King. His life and achievements will be honored through art projects and the collaborative efforts of the community. MoAD MLK Day activities will run from 11am to 5pm on January 20, thanks to a generous donation by Lennar Urban.

MLK Day celebrations start on the sidewalk with Jamie Treacy’s chalk art from 1-3pm. On the second floor is a film screening and discussion on Brooklyn’s Castle from 11:30am to 1:30pm. It then moves to spoken word and poetry performances from 2-3pm by Young, Gifted and Talented from Oakland. Freedom stories will be shared by the Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement through poetry, photos and music from 3:30-4:30pm.

On the third floor, an art project will take place from 11am to 4pm with a scavenger hunt at 11am to 5pm. Films about King, his life, struggle and successes, will be shown in the Wells Fargo Heritage Center from 11am to 4pm.

About MoAD

Since 2005, the Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the history, art and cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world, with innovative and engaging exhibitions, education and public programs. As a nonprofit organization, the museum’s operations and programs are supported by grants and contributions from public and private sources.”

Is Somebody Pouring Bleach into the Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park? Sure Looks That Way – Bye Bye Froggies

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The invasive frog-fighting Breaking Bad-style tents are gone from our Lily Pond and now we’re left with this:

Are those empty bleach bottles being used as floaters?

Sure looks that way.

Oh, here you go, just inside the fence which surrounds the pond now

They’re using bleach to kill something, right?

Last I heard, they were trying to kill tadpoles, but I don’t know if tadpoles even exist in November.

Anyway, those Fish and Gamers might finally be winning this battle…

Racist San Francisco Pizza Delivery Map Evolution – Western Addition, Twitterloin, and Potrero are No Go – Yet It’s Legal

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

[GRUB STREET SF has an explanation from the owner. Plus there’s good news for Dogpatch! Sort of. Before 7:30 PM, anyway.]

Remember back in the day, back  more than a half-decade when a joint like Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria could get away with a delivery map like this?

Check it, the Western A and the Potrero Hill PJs were carved out of the delivery areas and the gritty “Uptown” Tenderloin / Twitterloin / 6th Street / Flank area only enjoyed daytime delivery, thusly:

And then came this map, which is a little less racist:

And oh wait, this is the current map still.

(At least the southern part of Potrero Hill isn’t carved out so blatantly these days.)

One wonders what sassy District Five Supervisor London Breed or District Six Supervisor Jane I mean, I’m just saying Kim or feisty District Ten Supervisor Malia Cohen would think about these maps.

This pizza delivery driver safety issue was the talk of the town over at Eater SF and kissing cousin Curbed SF a half-decade back. Let’s review.

Taxi drivers can’t legally refuse to take you to certain areas of San Francisco due to their concerns over personal safety. Non, non, non. That’s a crime called failure to convey that can land a cabbie in the hoosegow. Why are pizza drivers treated differently?

Because in 1996, Supervisor Willie Kennedy gave us a law, (one that became national news), but then it got watered down such that a “reasonable good faith belief” that a driver would be in danger in a particular nabe is now enough to allow the brazen publication of redlined pizza maps.

And check it, flower and newspaper delivery people are off the hook as well.

Note also that there doesn’t seem to be any designated punishment for a violation anyway. Oh well.

To review, cabbies are on the hook, delivery people not.

NB: Dominoes appears to use a different map, or maybe none at all, as it seems they’ll delivery just about anywhere in our seven square.

The More You Know…

SEC. 3305.1. HOME DELIVERY SERVICES.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person or business entity to refuse to provide home delivery services to any residential address within the City and County of San Francisco falling within that person’s or business entity’s normal service range. A person or business entity may not set its normal service range to exclude a neighborhood or location based upon the race, color, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, weight or height, of the residents of that neighborhood or location. Where a person or business entity regularly advertises home delivery services to the entire City and County, that person or business entity’s “normal service range” shall be defined by the geographic boundaries of the City and County.

(b) For purposes of this Section, “home delivery services” shall mean the delivery of merchandise to residential addresses, when such services are regularly advertised or provided by any person or business entity.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, it shall not be unlawful for a person or business entity to refuse to provide home delivery services to a residential address if (i) the occupants at that address have previously refused to pay in full for services provided to them by that person or business entity; or (ii) such refusal is necessary for the employer to comply with any applicable State or federal occupational safety and health requirements or existing union contract; or (iii) the person or business entity has a reasonable good faith belief that providing delivery services to that address would expose delivery personnel to an unreasonable risk of harm.

(Added by Ord. 217-96, App. 5/30/96; amended by Ord. 295-96, App. 7/17/96; Ord. 222-02, File No. 021462, App. 11/15/2002)

Uh, Is Newly-Installed Supervisor London Breed Starting Race War 2013? Blacks vs. Asians – Competing for Govt. Housing

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Yeah, uh, here’s the highlight of District Five Supervisor London Breed’s stream-of consciousness interview with Andrew Dudley of Haighteration.

“What everyone talks about, as a gimmick, is “affordable housing.” I served on the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commission. We build tons of units of affordable housing, only to watch as people who live across the street from these units, who deserve to have access to these units, because of the lottery system and an organization — I’m not going to call any names, but they’re very organized, and they monopolize a lot of the affordable housing developments. So what happens to the person suffering through six roommates who wants to go to the next level? What happens to the people who want to come out of public housing and go to the next level? What happens to the people who suffered through, listening to the hammers and the construction and the lack of parking and everything else, why do they not have the ability to access this affordable housing? It’s because there’s one small group of people who control it, and they could care less who actually gets it.

That’s number one. Number two, you have some people being pushed out of affordable housing, and then you have others that are moving into that housing. And sometimes, the people who are in these different public housing developments — and I’m not discriminating against anyone, but sometimes they’re not even U.S. citizens — we are not doing enough to look at the people who are here now, and how we can help protect the folks who are here now and give them access to affordable housing. We’re so concerned about people coming from another state, or people coming from another country, making San Francisco attractive for everybody — except people who live here!

And I don’t mind people coming and moving here. I love diversity. I love meeting new people with new experiences. I love the different cultures — I think it’s great and makes San Francisco what it is — but we’re also continuing down a really dangerous path of wealthy and poor, and no in between. No place to go for the middle class. No place to go for the people who have stepped right out of poverty. No place. And the fact that I’m holding on for dear life, and I’m now the Supervisor — it’s really scary to me. We’ve got to look at all this affordable housing that we build, and how do we really give people opportunities. We get money from the federal government for housing, and they require a lottery system. But is it really diversity if one ethnic group monopolizes the lottery and gets all of the affordable units?”

Yowzer.

(So when Asians and Asian-Americans complain of being bullied by African Americans in San Francisco public housing, this is the nativist attitude* that they are referencing)

Does one ethnic group in get _all_ the affordable units in San Francisco? Really?

And I’ll have to say that somebody sure still sounds pissed over stuff like this: 

On it goes.

*The last time I’ve heard this issue discussed in the media was when former Mayor Willie Brown (apparently improperly) intervened in an individual case to get the only Asian / Asian-American family out of one particular PJ and into another PJ that already had Asian / Asian-Americans. They might have been the relatives of the woman who did his nails, something like that. This was in the 1990′s.

Groove on These Crazy Colors Atop Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond – SF is Killing Frogs There – PETA Objects

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

They tried to make Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond (aka Rock Quarry) go to rehab and it said, “yes, yes, yes.”

So pretty soon, there will be no more invasive African clawed frogs to worry about, probably.

Get all the deets from the Recreation and Park Department.

But PETA, well PETA aint happy:

“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in!

Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”

Or maybe PETA is happy now, I don’t know.

But most or all of these troublesome critters are now in Froggy Heaven, where they belong.

Here’s what the colorful tarps look like these days:

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Ever more deets:

“In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is rehabilitating the Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park. Phase one of the rehabilitation includes the removal of the highly invasive African clawed frog. The African clawed frog is a species of concern due to its ability to rapidly degrade aquatic ecosystems. Because of the frog’s invasive nature they are illegal to own, transport or sell without a permit in many states, including California. Under the supervision of the California Department of Fish and Game, an integrated, least-toxic approach to frog removal has been developed, which involves hand capture of the frog and the use of carbon dioxide in solution. In addition, the removal requires fencing the pond, cutting the vegetation within and around the pond, as well as covering the pond with netting and tarps. Following the removal of the African clawed frog, the Lily Pond will be positioned for future beautification and renovation, once funds are made available. We anticipate the 1st phase of the rehabilitation to be completed in Spring 2013.”

“The infestation of African clawed frogs at Lily Pond in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has been known for several years. The estimate is that at this time less than ten adult frogs remain in the pond.  The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) has been assisting the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in its efforts to implement an effective Eradication Plan, and subsequently restore the pond and its environs to a visually pleasing public use destination.  The recent PETA Alert Notice contains erroneous information regarding the joint efforts.

The establishment of a population of this species outside of its natural habitat (the arid/semiarid regions of southern Africa) are of particularly concern because of it profound disruptive impacts to aquatic ecosystems.  African clawed frogs are scavengers and will eat almost anything living, dying or dead and any type of organic waste.  African clawed frogs are highly invasive producing many hundreds of eggs each reproductive cycle, which in San Francisco’s Mediterranean climate can occur up to four times a year. Translocation of this species outside of its current location could easily and significantly impact critical habitats for a number of California’s aquatic organisms, including species listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act, such as red-legged frog, coho and coastal Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, California and giant garter snake, etc. The expansion of established populations within California associated with translocation of frogs from this location is a very real threat.

The recent PETA Alert Notice contains erroneous information. CDFG and RPD have not proposed draining the pond to suffocate the African clawed frog population. Such an action would be counter-productive in that it would likely result in dispersal of adult frogs and have little or no impact on aestivating adults or the eggs which would remain viable for some time.  Further, adult African clawed frogs, although a fully aquatic species, are air breathers.

Another apparent error in the PETA Alert pertains to the number of African clawed frogs at this location indicating that it is likely that the pond contained over a thousand frogs. However, this is no longer the case as most all of the frogs have been removed.  The joint efforts are now directed at the eradication of any remaining eggs and tadpoles with as much care as possible to undertake the eradication program in a humane a way.

For more information about the eradication plan, please contact California Department of Fish and Game:

Eric J. Larson,

Environmental Program Manager

Bay-Delta Region

California Department of Fish and Game

7329 Silverado Trail

Napa, CA 94558

707-944-5528; FAX: 707-944-5563″

Boy, That Kony is Everywhere: Solano County, USA

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Where will the Lord’s Resistance Army turn up next?

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Here’s Why London Breed Will Be Appointed District Five Supervisor Within a Week

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

This is just my WAG.*

Oh, Meet London Breed, courtesy of the Western Edition.

And Meet London Breed, through her own words, courtesy of the Twitter.

Now, let’s let Lee Hubbard of the Oakland Post Online take over:

“Among those reportedly interested in the District 5 seat are Julian Davis, president of the board of Booker T. Washington Community Service Center; Gabriel Haaland, political director of SEIU Local 1021; Phil Ginsburg, Recreation and Park Department Director; and Michael O’Connor, the co-owner of the Independent Music Hall. Breed, who directs the African American Cultural Center on Fulton Street, has expressed interest in the position.  She has a large segment of the Black activist community behind her, pushing Mayor Lee to appoint her as supervisor. “London is a woman who is definitely qualified to sit in that seat,” said Bridgette LeBlanc, with Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA).  ‘She is a native San Franciscan who was raised and works in the community. She is a leader who is electable, and she can build bridges.’”

OMG, it’s LB with the POTUS!

Here are the reasons:

1. She is the choice of Willie Brown.

2. She is the choice of Willie Brown. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but why should Chinatown power broker Rose Pak have any say in D5, which, historically, anyway, is/was, along with D10, an “African-American district?”

3. She is the choice of Willie Brown and she has waaaaaaaaay less baggage than recent mayoral appointee Mohammed Nuru. I mean, how could she have as many closet skeletons as he? So, he makes the cut and she doesn’t – would that make sense?

4. She is the choice of Willie Brown and as a matter of fact, about four years ago, Willie the Sorting Hat actually tried to place London into the Assembly(!), or into the Tri-Wizard Tournament or somewhere. That seemed a stretch at the time, but appointing LB as Supe doesn’t seem a stretch at all right here and right now. 

5. She is a 2008 “graduate” of Emerge California, which encourages women to run for elective office. And when I say “encourages,” I mean pressures. (Signing up for Emerge** is kind of like saying that you plan on running for office (or higher office) sooner rather than later.) Anyway, the questions Mayor Ed Lee’s people would have for London concern her commitment for becoming and maintaining her position as Supervisor, right? So, London, if not now, when? 

6. She is the Worst Case Scenario for San Francisco’s progressives, IMO. She would be a train wreck for them, actually. So as far as Ed Lee’s political faction is concerned, picking anybody else would be an unnecessary risk.

7. She is the choice of the Internet, más o menos.

Those are the reasons – the strongest are #1 and #6.

So, if I know my Ed Lee, London Breed will be the appointee.

Bank on it.

As that Omar Khalif guy recently said:

Ed Lee is going to pull a G. Newsom n D5 appointment. Keep yo eye on my sister.”

*Which means I’ve figured this out on my own, unlike say, a year and a half ago when I got a phone call telling me the game plan about how Mark Farrell was going to win in District 2, which he did. 

**And pay your money, but, srsly, it’s a pretty sweet deal, if you’re a woman planning on running for office soon, and if you’re not a Repub or a Green, and if you’re fortunate enough to get picked.

Opening Night for “Fela” a Huge Success at Our Curran Theatre – See This Big Musical Before It Closes on December 11th

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Well, as they say:

There’s nothing like a three-time Tony Award winning musical about a civil rights titan who used his distinctly original brand of big-band music to fight against injustice to usher in inspiration during the holidays.”

Indeed.

Now I missed Opening Night of Fela yesterday at SHN‘s Curran Theatre in Union Square, but Rachel Masters was on the scene:

“Amazed by Fela @SHNSF. Beyond incredible story, music & dance. Thank you to the cast for such a moving performance! “

Get all the deets right here, from Elena Park.

Oh, and don’t miss this update: ‘Fela!’ joint sends buzz through audience.

Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti - Photo by: Monique Carboni

Paulette Ivory and Sahr Ngaujah - Photo by: Tristram Kenton

Ever more deets:

His story inspired a nation. His music inspires the world. FELA!tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

Motivated by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones.

EVERYBODY SAY YEAH YEAH!

For more information on the show click here.

New York Times

Variety

USA Today

Entertainment Weekly

Time Out New York

The New York Post

LA Times

Guidance for Parents - No Children under 5 allowed.

Occupy Oakland Update: Google Maps Now Shows Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza as “Oscar Grant Plaza”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Editor Jon Brooks of News Fix, “KQED’s bay area news blog,” has this today:

So our morning anchor, Joshua Johnson, was doing a story on the Clorox earnings report, and in the process of finding exactly where their headquarters is located, came upon this:

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Try it yourself – type “Oscar Grant” into Google Maps:

Oscar Grant Plaza, of course, is the name that the Occupy Wall Street people have given to their tent city location.

KQED has made a call down to Mountain View saying, “Hey Google, what’s the deal?”

We’ll see.

(I’m sure no one intended any dis for Frank H Ogawa.)

Great catch, Joshua Johnson.

Great post, Jon Brooks.

[UPDATE: Get more details right here. “NAParish” took steps to change the name back to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 8:44 AM this morning but that action is still pending. (It’s like a Wikipedia editing war. Remember those, back in the aughts? Just like with that tiresome “Violet Blue” woman - I guess you can do the same thing on Google Maps. See below.)

[UPDATE II: Oh no, now, per Google Maps, Frank Ogawa Plaza has two names. See?

I imagine that “Oscar Grant Plaza” won’t be on Google Maps at all in the very near future.]

[UPDATE III: And now it’s back to normal, back to plain old Frank H Ogawa Plaza. “Google Reviewer Sanjeevi” has, once again, put the big DENIED stamp on the idea of any political name-changing. Google’s “Local Names” feature is being abused no longer. Case Closed.]

“Negative note 38 mins 24 secs ago by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
This is not an “official” name, and this edit should have been denied. See commentary on previous edits.”
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“Denied on Oct 31, 2011 7:39pm by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
There are two problems with this edit. One is that Google doesn’t seem to allow this type of political commentary by “renaming” an official feature. The name that some Occupy Oakland protesters are using doesn’t fit into any of the categories Google allows (Local is for the name in the local language, like using La Tour Eiffel as the “local” name for what speakers of English commonly call the Eiffel Tower). See http://goo.gl/gCf78 for the types of names that are allowed. The other problem is that the official name is Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, not just Frank Ogawa Plaza — and the official name should not have been removed a few edits back.”

African Antelope Art vs. Ying and Yang: How to Tell if You’re on the Fillmore or Japantown Side of the Geary Expressway

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

This is the art on the south side of the Geary Expressway near Webster (the street that’s waaaaaaay too wide in this part of town):

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And this is the yin and yang art (not necessarily Japanese per se but it’s recognizably Eastern and you got to think like a Redeveloper dividing up neighborhoods and Peoples back in the day) on the opposite side at the start of Japantown:

Or, in other words, black people over here and Asian people over there.

(Oh, and groove on the concrete. Concrete was the thang back in the 1960′s. And oh, the vast majority of J-Town is earthquake deficient by today’s standards. Thanks, Redevelopment – that’s a nice legacy for future generations to deal with.)

I don’t know, this artwork probably wasn’t the best choice, considering the history of Redevelopment in the 415.

Just saying, Bro.